by Matt Alderton | November 01, 2018
Thanks to its over-the-top architecture, amenities and attractions, Dubai is often called "the Las Vegas of the Middle East." The comparison would be perfect if not for one glaring difference: Unlike Las Vegas, there is no gambling in Dubai.

And yet, that's not stopping heavy Vegas hitters from planting roots there. In 2021, for instance, MGM Resorts International will open MGM and Bellagio hotels there. Meanwhile, Caesars Entertainment is gearing up to open its first Dubai properties this month and next, it announced yesterday.

Located on Bluewaters Island, a private, man-made island overlooking Jumeirah Beach, the properties -- Cove Beach beach club, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, The Residences at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai and Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai -- are Caesars Entertainment's first-ever non-gaming properties.

Cove Beach will be the first of the bunch to open. Scheduled to debut on Nov. 9, the private beach club previously was located at Jumeirah Beach Hotel and will have three swimming pools, two restaurants and a private beach. Next to open will be Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai and The Residences at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai. The latter will have 80 private residences adjacent to the former, which will boast 194 guest rooms. Finally will come Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai, which is scheduled to open in December with 301 guest rooms.

Occupying the same site, the properties will share a spa; a fitness center; three bars; and three restaurants, including an experiential restaurant from celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, themed around his popular "Hell's Kitchen" TV show. There also will be two outdoor pools and meeting and event space for groups of up to 800, including three meeting rooms and a 9,100-square-foot ballroom.

"Bluewaters Island is a truly unique space where guests will find that our offerings are synonymous with the quality hospitality, dining, spa and entertainment experiences that have helped establish Caesars as one of the most respected and recognizable brands in the hospitality industry," said Bob Morse, president of hospitality at Caesars Entertainment. "These openings set the stage for Caesars to continue to expand the reach of our brands into global gateway cities."

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